Gerald Wade

Gerald Edwin Wade

Sunday, June 19th, 1938 - Friday, December 4th, 2020
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Gerald Edwin Wade, 82, of Kenosha, WI passed away peacefully on Friday, December 4, 2020, at The Citadel of Skokie, IL.

Born in Kenosha, WI on June 19, 1938, he was the son of the late Phillip and Laura (Aker) Wade. He was educated in local schools, upon his graduation in 1956 from Kenosha High School he attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette Michigan. On October 3, 1959, he married his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth A. Covelli at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Kenosha.

Gerry was an excellent athlete who excelled playing football for Mary D. Bradford High School, Northern Michigan University, and Semi-Professionally with the Racine Raiders. Gerry loved to golf and fish with his friends and family. Gerry and Beth spent the last 25 winters golfing together with family and friends at their home in Bonita Springs Florida. During his years playing golf he recorded 4 Holes in One and enjoyed playing in local and National Pro-Am tournaments including the GMO and Tucson Open. In 1999, Gerry retired from Daimler Chrysler after a 40 year career in Human Resources and Labor Relations. One of the highlights of his career was to be able to work on labor contracts that were fair and agreeable to both the Company but also benefited lifelong friends of his that worked in the plants and offices.

Gerry was heavily involved with coaching Youth Athletics when his sons were young, coaching Optimist Little League Baseball and CYC Football for almost 15 years. He was also very active in the local community, volunteering with The Junior Achievement Program as a business mentor and assisting in the initial years of The Special Olympic Program here in Kenosha. Gerry also sat on several local boards helping to guide The CYC, The Kenosha Achievement Center, The United Way, St. Joseph’s Athletic Association, ultimately serving as The Chairman of the Kenosha Chamber of Commerce. Gerry loved his wife Beth and his family unconditionally to whom he was known as a “gentle giant”, as he always put family and friends first, and was helpful to all. Gerry took great pride in his sons and grandchildren, attending as many of their sporting activities and school events as he could over the past 50 years.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Beth; four sons, Phillip (Robin) Wade, Gary (Mary) Wade (Woodbury MN), Michael (Susan) Wade, and Christopher Wade; six grandchildren, Anne (William) Brummond, Nicholas (Sara) Wade, Madalyn (Kyle) Hunt, Drew (Kelsey) Wade, Zachary (Jenny) Wade, Kyle Wade; five great-grandchildren, Elijah, Laney, Cole, Reid and Willow Grace; and two sisters, Beverly (Jerry) Luedeke and Noreen (Gary) Jeffson. He is further survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and other relatives, and friends.

Gerry was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Laura Wade and his In-Laws Louis and Julia Covelli.

Due to the current health pandemic, a memorial mass and celebration of Gerry’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial donations please be made to The Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha or The Shalom Center of Kenosha.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
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Sandy and Jerry Miller

Posted at 08:46pm
Dear Beth and Family,
We were sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing . We hope that all of the wonderful memories will give you peace and comfort. God bless you .

Sandy and Jerry Miller

Sam & Cecelia Perri

Posted at 09:39am
We are saddened by the passing of Gerry.
With sympathy, Sam & Cecelia

robert forbes

Posted at 12:25pm
Jerry will always be remembered as a great husband, father, professional, friend and a man of deep integrity. God bless Jerry, Beth and his family. As a man of great faith in our Lord I know he is with our Father. Bob Forbes

John Drew

Posted at 04:56pm
I spent many hours across the table from Gerry at AMC/Chrysler discussing grievances and contracts. He was always fair and honest in his dealings with the union and we worked together to come up with creative solutions to many thorny issues. Gerry truly cared about the welfare of everyone at the plant. My condolences to the Wade family.

Bernard Covelli

Posted at 12:37pm
So sorry for your loss. Gerry was a wonderful and caring guy that will be forever remembered. May he RIP.

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